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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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89
very good

3,411 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,411
Reviews: 1,393
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 196
Gots: 361 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-30-2001

Double Cream Stout derives its name from its smooth, creamy texture, not the ingredients. Completely dairy-free, this stout blends ten different specialty malts to yield a remarkable depth of flavor. With only a touch of burnt notes, Double Cream Stout focuses on the softer, cocoa & espresso-like aspects of roasted malt.
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Ratings: 3,411 | Reviews: 1,393
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3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of billab914
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

Pours a dark brown color with a one finger tan head. The head settled to form a ring around the glass but had pretty good lacing on the glass.

Aroma has some sweet chocolate along with a little coffee and roasted flavor.

Taste is sweet at first with some chocolate and coffee notes and it finishes with moderate bitterness to help balance out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good, this is a nice drinking stout that I can have a few of in a sitting.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of John_M
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cracked open a bottle of this excellent beer the other night.

The stout pours the expected blackish brown color, but with exceptional head retention and lacing. The head on this beer has something of a cocoa color, which I quite appreciate. The beer is likewise very attractive on the nose, with some noticeable chocolate, vanilla and coffee, but with a fine roasty, almost burnt toast aroma as well. The flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, with moderate sweetness, but with enought hoppy bitterness to keep that sweetness from becoming overwhelming. The mouthfeel is very light and creamy, and might be this beers best feature. The beer is very drinkable, with the 7.5% alcohol well disguised.

This beer is nothing like the expedition stout, and is a nice departure from some of the RIS's I've been drinking of late. A very nice effort from Bell's, to no great surprise.

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4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Carbonized wood with English Breakfast tea on the trims. The complexion appears chalky, in a tumbled marble kind of way, and the beer is uncompromisingly opaque. Good lighting reveals shades of browns near the surface but its body is impenetrable. There isn't much head but its surface is far from plain. Little marks of lacing dot the glass like rifle spray.

I'm not impressed by a brewery just putting on the label that they use 10 different malts in the recipe - I want to taste it for myself! In this case, I can smell it first. The aroma is so full of malted graininess it makes me believe I'm hovering over a propane burner and a keg full of boiling sweet homebrew wort. I don't have much experience with raw ingredients but in this I feel as though I can manage to distinctly pick out individual pale, crystal, roast and chocolate malts.

Whoa! I can taste them, too. With 10 malts in there it's easy to guess a few correctly; my palate indicates roast barley, chocolate, Munich, caramunich, a chewy English Marris Otter and likely, everything in between. Each sip is like the musical scale of malts that takes you from low octave to high, changing tones and pitch all along the way. In quick splitting seconds the taste changes from light, pale malts to dark, roasty to sweet and caramelized.

I like that the beer is left so plainly undecorated. Beers are rarely this straightforward and simple; pale ales and pilsners perhaps, but stouts rarely. I don't taste much coffee, nor chocolate, nor dark berries, nor licorice. (Actually, the most distinct impressions I get are of peat, soot, ashes and smokey wood.) I taste grains - and plenty of them. This isn't taking anything away from the flavour, on the contrary, I find this a refreshingly earnest offering.

Like good music, beer requires balance and harmony between its instruments. The use of such a profound malt bill has provided an orchestra of grainy, malty flavours that rotate positions like a game of musical chairs. It's too bad that with this being my last bottle I'm going to be the one left without a seat when the music stops. Thanks BuckeyeNation!

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to JohnnyM2002

Pours a clean dark brown/black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tannish head, a few islands, but not much lacing at all. The nose is slightly roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. The taste is very nice of roasted malts, and mostly coffee, the finish is slightly dry. Alcohol is hidden very well. Medium body. Very drinkable, I really like this one, my first Double Cream Stout, if you can get your hands on some, do it. Highly recommended.

Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of sendbeer
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ppoitras
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a thick 1/2" light brown head above a dark, dark brown/black brew. Long-lasting head that laced excellently. Aroma is sweetly of dark malts, perhaps to a fault, with no balancing bitterness seemling present at all. Taste follows the nose, with sweetness dominant, to a fault, and ends up with a tinge of bitterness, but almost too little, too late. Mouthfeel is nowhere near as smooth as one would expect from a cream stout, kind of disappointing, and drinkability is a bit better, but one could certainly find a more desirable lot from Bell's stable.

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3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Siciliano's, 12oz into a tulip. Batch 11507, bottled September 26, 2012.

Black body with a creamy brown head, with almost a reddish tinge to it. Light retention and a bit of lace. Nose of sweet and dark chocolate, light roast and some vanilla. Some hazelnut as well. Taste has some roast, creamy/milk chocolate and dark malt character. Some metallic as well. Medium full body and carbonation was a bit high initially. I'm sure this would be delightful on nitro.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black color with a creamy tan head that displays moderate retention and lace. Smells of roast, coffee, milk and dark chocolate, hints of sweet caramel and little to no hop aroma. Taste is sweet creamy and smooth. Whipped milk chocolate mousse with hints of mocha, caramel and roast. Sweet roasty creamy and flavorful. Medium body with a velvety smooth creamy silky mouthfeel and a light to moderate level of carbonation. That is a nice flavorful stout. Its hard to believe there is no lactose in there.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, mahogany highlighted, blackish-brown coloring with a creamy, fluffy, smooth, tall, light tan head that slowly settles into a filmy surface coat, leaving an impressive lacing along the glass. Aromas of cream first and foremost, with a subtle bittersweet mocha character in the backbone. Hints of vanilla and smoke, as well. Flavors are cream forward, with a rich and sweet blend, cut through with the bitterness of dark roast coffee, hints of baker's chocolate, and highlights of smoke. Very short lived sweetness, but it flashes back just as strong with every sip, only to be the Trojan horse for the bittersweet and smoky blend on the palate. Solid and balanced. Dry, light bodied, despite the robust flavors, but the beer is able to maintain a smooth feeling throughout. The bitter lingers through to the aftertaste, with a coffee theme, but there are also lingering hints of the creamy sweetness that started it all. Slick transition into a dry finish, with a bittersweet linger. Very easy to drink, both in body and ABV, and very flavorful. Solid beer.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/14/12
*From notes

A: Pretty rich and dark for a low ABV stout like this. A good pour yields a 1.25 finger head that doesn't stick around all too long, though the thick and creamy collar certainly will suffice.

S: Earthy green. Maybe a touch of coffee? Kind of muddled, as it's not all that expressive.

T: Quite mellow. It's certainly creamy. Less char here, more of a smooth vanilla quality to it.

M: It's not mind blowingly thick, but it'll do.

O: Not the world changer some find it to be, Bell's Double Cream Stout is still a pretty darn good beer. If you're looking for a lot of flavor in your stout with a lower ABV, look no further.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as a fantastic extra in a super trade with Kbeals... Huge thanks Kevin.

I'm broke and diving into stuff in the fridge... poured into my Delirium goblet.

Thin lite tan head... the brew is of course black.

Nose is pretty roasty with a background sweetness... French roast ...

Flavor is a good standard milk stout... could actually use a bit more sweetness to balance the dark malts.. lite bittersweet chocolate... good body and carbonation... sorry not alot more to say... this is just a great beer and a great take on the style.

Thanks again Kevin... You're good people.

3.5/4/4/4/4

Photo of DrJay
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black, light ruby highlights, with a mocha coloured, thin head. Fair retention and lacing. Lactose sweetness in the aroma, chocolatey and malty, light alcohol and moderate roasted character. Full body with low carbonation. Silky smooth texture, a bit milky. Balance is on the malty side, lactose, low roasted flavour but the roast barley contributes to dryness at the finish. Low bitterness and just a bit of milk chocolate. Very light alcohol warmth. Pretty good stout overall, quite enjoyable.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.31/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Dark black with one finger of bubbly light brown head.

S - Roasted malts with a sweet molasses smell. I also detect somewhat sour licorice/anise smell, similar to that in Bell's Porter, which is not a welcome smell.

T - Roasted malts with a definite burst of brewers licorice up front, very similar to the Bell's porter. The licorice taste overpowers the beer and ruins it for me. Was really looking forward to this one.

M - Medium body, more carbonation that usual for a stout.

D - A below average beer. Disappointing.

Photo of tobelerone
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not much head at all but decent lacing. Very dark, opaque appearance. Aromas slightly muted; roasty and vaguely metallic. Excellent flavor. Roasty, complex, malty, balanced, just the right amount of bitterness. Medium long finish, lingering nicely without a bitter aftertaste. Not a hoppy stout, which I like. Good mouthfeel with creamy, tongue-coating quality. Not too thick. Another superb Bell's offering. The roasted malt dominates, with the standard chocolate and coffee notes well in the background for a change. Nicely malty but only slightly sweet.

I really liked this one!

Photo of Derek
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch ID 7219, packaged on January 13, 2006.

A: Black with a tan head. Not much retention, leaves a little leg with some assistance.

S: A good amount of nose & very pleasant. Piney American hops, brown sugar and plenty of dark maltyness (bread, nut).

T: Slight sweetness, mild roastyness, mild acidity. Bready, chocolate, molases, caramel & pine. Quite nice, though I actually thought the Kalamazoo was a little more flavourful.

M: Moderate to full body is very creamy. Carbonation on the light side of moderate.

D: Very good.

I LOVE Bell's stouts!

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,411 ratings.